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Find a Head Start Program

Head Start and Early Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major content areas to Head Start:

  • Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
  • Health: Providing support for getting health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
  • Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
  • Family Services: Providing outreach to families to determine what services they need.

The Head Start Model, developed over the decades, has been built on evidence-based practices and is constantly adapting - using the best available science and teaching techniques to meet the needs of local communities.

In addition to life and school preparedness, Head Start is also the nation’s laboratory for early learning innovation. Head Start offers a unique whole child/whole family model, coupled with a delivery system that includes local programs, national standards, monitoring, professional development, and family engagement.

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Each Head Start program has a unique application process and eligibility requirements. 

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Head Start programs are generally available to families with monthly incomes at or below the amounts listed in the table below. Children in foster care and children who are homeless are categorically eligible regardless of income. Each Head Start program has specific selection criteria based on community needs, family income, child's age, disability, and other relevant family or child risk factors.  Contact your local Head Start Program to see if your family qualifies.

Maximum Monthly Income Limits
Household Size Gross Income
2 $1,372
3 $1,732
4 $2,092
5 $2,452
6 $2,812
7 $3,172
8 $3,532
Each Additional Member + $360